Chanute Girls Open League Play With Loss To Fort Scott

The Blue Comet girls basketball team opened league play with a 65-51 loss to the Fort Scott Tigers on Tuesday night.

A 21-10 third quarter advantage for Fort Scott was the difference in an over wise tight ball game.

“I thought that we competed but we let too many opportunities slip through our hands.” Chanute head coach Dustin Fox said. ” A lot of layups, missed free throws, that we need to convert.”

Chanute jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 3-pointers by Juniors Molly Rollins and Tori Busse. Fort Scott scored the next six points and the two teams went into the second quarter with Chanute up 12-11.

“We started much better, ” Fox said. ” We have to finish quarters though.”

In the second neither team led by more than three points, and they entered half-time tied 29-29.

Fort Scott senior Skyelar Brown scored eight of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter, helping the Tigers to a 50-39 lead heading into the fourth.

Chanute got within seven in the final quarter after a 3-pointer by senior Madisyn Thompson and a free throw by Busse with 3:30 to play, but Fort Scott finished the game on a 10-3 run.

In addition to Brown, Fort Scott senior Madison Cook reached double figures with 14 points.

Busse led Chanute with 12, while freshmen Kori Babcock scored 11 and Thompson added 10. Rollins finished with nine points for the Comets.

Chanute is in action again Friday at home against Labette County. The Grizzlies enter ranked 5th in class 4A-D1.

(Photo credit: Chanute High School Photographer Sophie Osborn)